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Identifying Policy Actions Supporting Weather-Related Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation in Finland

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Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), P.O. Box 503, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland
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Ecosystems and Environment Research Program and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 65, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
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Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Latokartanonkaari 11, FI-00790 Helsinki, Finland
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Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Latokartanonkaari 9, FI-00790 Helsinki, Finland
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National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), P.O. Box 95, FI-70701 Kuopio, Finland
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Gaia Consulting Oy, FI-00120 Helsinki, Finland
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Sustainability 2019, 11(13), 3661; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133661
Received: 27 May 2019 / Revised: 19 June 2019 / Accepted: 1 July 2019 / Published: 3 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue High Impact Events and Climate Change)
Climate change adaptation (CCA) policies require scientific input to focus on relevant risks and opportunities, to promote effective and efficient measures and ensure implementation. This calls for policy relevant research to formulate salient policy recommendations. This article examines how CCA research may contribute to policy recommendations in the light of idealized set of knowledge production attributes for policy development in Finland. Using general background information on the evolution of CCA research and a case study, we specifically examine how the set of attributes have been manifested in research serving CCA and discuss how they have affected the resulting policy recommendations. We conclude that research serving CCA can be improved by more explicit reflection on the attributes that pay attention to the context of application, the methods of teamwork and a variety of participating organizations, transdisciplinarity of the research, reflexivity based on the values and labour ethos of scientists and novel forms of extended peer review. Such attributes can provide a necessary, although not sufficient, condition for knowledge production that strives to bridge the gap between research and policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; climate risks; weather risks; climate change adaptation; disaster risk management; national adaptation policy; policy implementation; policy recommendations; knowledge attributes climate change; climate risks; weather risks; climate change adaptation; disaster risk management; national adaptation policy; policy implementation; policy recommendations; knowledge attributes
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Tuomenvirta, H.; Gregow, H.; Harjanne, A.; Luhtala, S.; Mäkelä, A.; Pilli-Sihvola, K.; Juhola, S.; Hildén, M.; Peltonen-Sainio, P.; Miettinen, I.T.; Halonen, M. Identifying Policy Actions Supporting Weather-Related Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation in Finland. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3661. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133661

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Tuomenvirta H, Gregow H, Harjanne A, Luhtala S, Mäkelä A, Pilli-Sihvola K, Juhola S, Hildén M, Peltonen-Sainio P, Miettinen IT, Halonen M. Identifying Policy Actions Supporting Weather-Related Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation in Finland. Sustainability. 2019; 11(13):3661. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133661

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Tuomenvirta, Heikki; Gregow, Hilppa; Harjanne, Atte; Luhtala, Sanna; Mäkelä, Antti; Pilli-Sihvola, Karoliina; Juhola, Sirkku; Hildén, Mikael; Peltonen-Sainio, Pirjo; Miettinen, Ilkka T.; Halonen, Mikko. 2019. "Identifying Policy Actions Supporting Weather-Related Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation in Finland" Sustainability 11, no. 13: 3661. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133661

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